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03-21-2005, 05:48 PM
explain the significance with the following battles ... 1.Battle of Britain 2.Pearl Harbor 3.Battle of Stalingrad 4. El Alamein 5. Invasion of Italy 6. Normany(D-Day)

03-21-2005, 05:48 PM
explain the significance with the following battles ... 1.Battle of Britain 2.Pearl Harbor 3.Battle of Stalingrad 4. El Alamein 5. Invasion of Italy 6. Normany(D-Day)

03-22-2005, 01:46 AM
1:After the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) lost the Battle of Britain, it holted the German invasion of Britain (Operation Seal lion).
2:Pearl harbor, America enters the war, after lossing half the Pacific Fleet.
4:The Allied victory at El Alamein lead to the retreat of the Afrika Korps and the German surrender in North Africa in May 1943.
6:The Allied Invasion of Normandy(June 1944) lead the liberation of Europe and the defeat of Germany (April 1945.

03-22-2005, 01:40 PM
1. Failure to neutralize the RAF (Royal Air Force) meant that the inferior German Navy could not handle the Royal Navy, which meant that the Germans could not realistically invade Britain by sea. By winning the Battle of Britian, the British secured the safety of their island.

2. By bombing rather obsolete American Dreadnoughts, the Japanese brought "the sleeping giant" into the war. Despite the blow, the most important assets of the U.S. Navy (its carriers) were intact.

3)Perhaps the most pivotal battle of the war. Victory for the Germans would of meant control of the Volga River. By winning, the Russians not only halted a German advance, but encircled the entire Sixth Army, devastating the German advance into Russia. Germany would never completely recover.

4)Halted Rommel's drive to the Suez. If the British lost the Suez canal, then the Empire would of been severed from the homeland, choking out the British Isles and perhaps opening up an invasion. By winning at El Alamein, the British managed to push the Germans back, never looking back, until they were eventually out of Africa.

5)Operation Husky, the sea-bound invasion of Italy, was the second front of the war, and a costly one at that. The British and Americans favored this strategy, the penetration of the "soft underbelly" of Europe rather then an assault on the German "Fortress Europe" of France, which Stalin wanted. The fight for Italy was mainly between the Germans and American/British forces, as the Italians were quickly routed and broken up. This front put even more pressure on the Germans, who were already fighting the Russians to the east, and soon after the Allies to the west in Normandy.

6)Opened up the third front that Stalin so desired. Due to the fact that Germany was so spread out, the invasion was successful and eventually led to the liberation of France. It bogged down at the Siegfried line, and was in danger of collapsing during the Ardennes Offensive, but managed to make it to the Elbe River in Germany, while the Russians took Berlin. To say that this was THE reason Germany lost is to be foolish, but it was extremely important.

04-02-2005, 05:53 PM
the last person got it spot on but missed one crucial point. on point 3, the soviets did not only halt the german advnce but halted a german advance towards the oil rich caspian territories. if hitler had control of that oil he would have been a hell of alot harder to stop.
also regarding point 2, what about this for abit of conspiracy theory mongering. churchill ordered information to be "discovered" by the japanese through information passed to them via the germans. this information stated that the US would be making a pre-emptive strike against japan to establish control over the pacific. in response to this, the japanse generals ordser a pre-emptive strike against, what they believed would be stiking at them, the US pacific fleet moored at pearl habour.
churchill's plan worked perfectly. the japs took the bait, believed the information, bombed pearl habour, and brough the US into the war relieving some of the strain placed upon britain and her allies. britain, her allies, and russia would have won the war without the US but it would have taken much longer and the allies would have been saddled with unbelievable debts. mostly to american arms manufacturers. america should have entered the war without needing to be provoked into it. nazism was an abberation of humanity and even if twice as many people had died eradicating it, they would have been lives well spent.
the Us should have understood this and declared war much earlier without needing to be dragged kicking and screaming like a child into it. its a good job the average american is a brave and honourable person not like their polititians.
after all, these days it doesn't take alot for them to declare war when there are finacial incentives offered to all and sundry who support it in congress.